The Olivet High football team turned back a tough opponent in first-round MHSAA Division 5 playoff action on Friday night, thanks in large part to senior running back Nick Coolidge.
Coolidge ran for huge 286 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 28-14 victory over host Lansing Catholic Central.
With the triumph, Olivet (7-3) advanced to second-round action next week against Portland (9-1) — which beat Leslie 48-6 on Friday.
Lansing Catholic (8-2) played against the Eagles minus leading rusher Jack Swain, who reportedly incurred a lower body injury while working out in the weight room earlier this week.
(At) Hillsdale 44, Bronson 22
With the game tied at 16-all at halftime, host Hillsdale — the tied-for-third-place ranked team in the state in Division 6 — outscored the Vikings 21-0 in the third quarter as the Broncos ended their season with a record of 5-4 via this first-round playoff setback.
Nicholas Mitchell figured into two of Bronson’s touchdowns. He scored on a 4-yard run and added a 2-point conversion run in the opening quarter to give the Vikings an early 8-0 lead, and then caught a 4-yard TD pass from Hayden Jergens. Scotty Wyant had Bronson’s other TD on a 50-yard run.
(At) Pewamo-Westphalia 41, Union City 10
Visiting Union City — honorable mention in Division 7 — mustered a 14-yard Brady Johnson to Gunner Waggener TD pass and a 47-yard field goal from Scott Alwood in losing this first-round playoff matchup.
The Chargers’ (6-4) Josh Horton ran for 73 yards on 17 carries, and Johnson was 6-of-10 passing for 84 yards. Defensively, Chris Rieger and Taylor Howard had 11 tackles each. Hillsdale improved to 10-0.